Thursday, November 22, 2012

Are you ready for some ‘football’?


Being from Canada, our Thanksgiving was last month..

So in keeping with ‘Thanksgiving tradition’ we want to  wish all our American Blogging ‘Peeps’ a very happy Thanksgiving..


I spent some time researching ‘Thanksgiving’ and discovered the top five American Thanksgiving traditions..

How many of these listed below  are part of your Thanksgiving celebrations?

1. Turkey and the trimmings

From the first Thanksgiving to today's turkey burgers, turkeys are an American tradition dating back centuries. According to the National Turkey Federation, 95 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving.

Regional twists offer variations on the traditional roasted bird, including coffee rubbed turkey from Hawaii, salt encrusted turkey from New England, and deep fried turkey from the South.


2.Time out for “pigskin”

Throughout the United States, football on Thanksgiving Day is as big a part of the celebration as turkey and pumpkin pie.

Dating back to the first intercollegiate football championship held on Thanksgiving Day in 1876, traditional holiday football rivalries have become so popular that a reporter once called Thanksgiving "a holiday granted by the State and the Nation to see a game of football."


3. Parading around

The first American Thanksgiving Day parade was held in 1920, organized by Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia, not Macy's as most people believe.

The NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade tradition actually began in 1924, and has grown into an annual event of balloons, bands, and floats, enjoyed by more than 46 million people each year in person and on TV.

4. Making a wish
Does your family fight over the wishbone from the Thanksgiving turkey? Known as a "lucky break" the tradition of tugging on either end of a fowl's bone to win the larger piece and its accompanying "wish" dates back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C.
The Romans brought the tradition with them when they conquered England and the English colonists carried the tradition on to America.


5. Giving Thanks 

Last, but certainly not least, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the people and blessings of the past year. From pre-meal prayers to providing holiday meals to the homeless, the holiday is truly a celebration of praise and thanksgiving.


there is just  one more Thanksgiving ‘tradition’ that I need to add....

6.Black Friday shopping?

579057_10152264579775237_774245073_n in British Columbia we have our own ‘Black Friday’..but it is called ‘Boxing Day Shopping’

so, no matter how many of the top five or rather six  traditions you participate in, or if you create your own, Enjoy!! We will be here when you are done eating your ‘Turkey’!


  1. 1 & 5 for us ... though we're skipping 1 this year; too many things to do with retirement and fulltiming looming up ahead a week from tomorrow. 6 is not part of our holiday celebrations ... I can't imagine anything that could get me into the stores on Black Friday ... just too, too, too many people.

  2. One and five are always on our agenda although we sometimes trade the turkey for a beef tenderloin, today we are having both. In my younger years I always went Black Friday shopping--not now, I wouldn't be caught dead out shopping today!

  3. Thanks so much Sue. We do 1-5. When my mom was living, #6 was always a tradition. I'll wait till I get back to Ohio to do my shopping.

  4. Thank you, Sue!
    I'm a woman, it means being in the kitchen making the turkey and all of the trimmings! Maybe a glimpse of the parade, but definitely NO Black Friday for me, thank you! So uncivilized!! lol

  5. Football, what's that? As for shopping, I try to avoid that the other 364 days of the year, too! ;c)

    We're thankful for our blogging friends like you! :c)

  6. Thanks for the wishes Sue! We will be doing 1, 2 and 5. We usually do #6 but will do it on Saturday instead. My daughter thought she would be working so we didn't schedule it. That's okay with me too. Lots of madness and crowds. I'll let the boys do the wishbone.

  7. And here in Canada, we celebrate the US Thanksgiving by watching our Canadian Football League Gray Cup - a big national event. No turkey though....cause we've already had that!

  8. You are right. We all have our traditions. Big turkey dinner, football, giving thanks for all we do have and, of course, Black Friday shopping!! That's a point for 1, 2, 5 and 6.

  9. Everything but number 6. Whatever we do, I am thankful for family above all else.

  10. We have to work so the humans can take the time to do 1 thru 6. My Vickie doesn't mind. She likes us dogs and so staying at the kennel and playing with all of our guests is a great day, every day. Holidays included.
    Enjoy the coming weekend.

  11. We are seeing first hand the difference between Canadian and American traditions for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although we have Boxing Day shopping it is nothing like Black Friday shopping. We are staying home today, no way are we going into town.

    The first year we had Christmas in the states we were shocked that very few Americans have turkey for their Christmas dinner. Ham! no comparison as far as I am concerned.


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